I started this mini-bust (she's only as large as my thumb) a few years ago, got fed up with poor casting quality and put her aside, stripped her and tried again. The poor casting quality gave me the idea to go "make her kinda dead". The result has some inspiration from Salem, the villain of RWBY, and of just some of my own sorrows. Let the maiden be consumed by whatever evil ails her. I finished the piece during Canada's 3rd covid wave which had me pretty bummed out. I tried to make her "good" but also "done" - so I didn't agonize over her as I may have with others. Nonetheless, I am happy with how she turned out. Points I know I could've improved: more visual interest in the purple flames, some hue contrast perhaps in the flowers, more planning to the black evil lines. Paints used were a wide range - Reaper, Kimera, S75, and a little Vallejo.

Happy to have C&C and friendly painting chat.
  • MatteoPLUS

    I like the concept and the color scheme, I am not convinced by the veins, perhaps I would not have used pure black but a shade of gray. In any case, an overall good job.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Pretty sure I used an off-black, Reaper’s Nightshade Purple, for the veins. But it does read as effectively black here. A more nuanced gray-to-black transition could have been interesting. This is more obviously hitting the “inspired by Salem from RWBY” aspect though.
      Thanks for the feedback!

  • KevinCollier-Corsair

    Just stunning. Makes me think of “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”.

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Great idea and execution!

  • John Delamere

    Cool idea. Nice execution.
    Sometimes you just have to say, this is finished.
    I like it.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! Yeah, I really liked the idea of this one, but she needed to get to a “done” stage. The sculpt didn’t really crave more attention, if that makes sense. Still pretty, but… it was time to move on.

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  • HenkPLUS

    I know what you mean, some sculpts almost paint themself,  and others make you wonder what on earth am I doing….sometimes you just have to say ‘that’s it, done’..
    I like your take on it, but then I like this concept of life and death anyway.  I like the tears.  Personally,  I think I would have painted more of the head and hair ‘alive’, and painted all of the hand as evil.  But that’s just me.  As an aside, I’ve recently bought ‘Rosalind’ from Massive Miniatures,  whi h I have some I interesting ideas for….

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Thanks! First time painting tears and it went fairly well. My idea was to go with “the rose is the last thing keeping her alive” so I centered the lively parts on that - and her hand is touching it.

      I’m curious how the new Bones plastic does on this sculpt; that’ll be a new bust material coming out. This one was resin… but kinda poor cast. The sculptor is amazing at dragons too, but does humans less often. If the stuff turns out well perhaps I’ll give this another go someday.

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  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Bronze, always bronze. Are you not tired?
    Such a little spirit !

    • KevinCollier-Corsair

      Would you like cheese with that whine?

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      LOL Kevin you made me laugh with that one, thank you! Best response.

      Eric, paint something worth a gold and I’ll give you a gold. Until then, I’ll have a quite unbroken spirit regarding my honest voting. My nice big mug of tea has me quite energetic too! I admit your sloth piece was pretty cool; great forest composition, still poor mastery of a paintbrush. But I have a soft spot for sloths. Really, don’t you have anything better to do than harass me? Glad my ego isn’t so fragile that a single vote online sends me into fits.

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      I’ll add - if you want C&C, please ask for it. I don’t comment with it on yours because you never ask for it. You only demand praise. That’s absurd. If you want to discuss painting, then please say so. I am here with my work to present something people may enjoy seeing, and I deliberately say feedback is welcome. Some of these painters are very skilled and may have great ideas for improvement.